The reason I was thinking about doing it our self was we can buy the plow in virgina for 1100 to 1300 less than we can here. I can get it here for $50 in freight(know someone on the inside) this is a big saving for some thing I will never get to use.
That is funny. I was going to mention that I had never heard of a Meyer snowblower, but thought the better of it. On the other hand, maybe he is thinking about going big time and having a truck mounted unit??? The poor guy will never live down the snowblower threads of days gone by.
Casey, No joke, I just did this by my self last week. I took a Western off of my brother inlaws 89 Ford X cab Power Stroke and installed a Meyer EZ mount. Drilled 2 5/8 holes. The only trick I can suggest is to position a floor jack under the truck so you can lift the FRAME. This will allow you to slip the main push bar assembly in between the rails. Lift the frame so the tires stay on the ground. This pushes the front shackles back allowing the push bar to be slipped in. Good luck. Mail me with questions.
That being the case, I agree with installing it your self. Or, it may even still be worth it to have the local shop install it. The shop is charging you for the labor (and any required parts\materials) to install the thing, it shouldn't matter to them if you bring one that you bought somewhere else, or if they're installing one you bought from them. That happens all the time.
As far as Casey goes, I think I can keep up with most plowers out here, and I wouldn't try to compete with what he's doing with those tight residential routes. I don't do walks & while I will clear the drives faster than him, it will never look as clean as the blowers will leave it, & those customers won't be happy with that. Then I still have to have a sidewalk crew go through with blowers or shovels & wait for them or pick them up later, wasting more time from having that truck plowing. Its not for me, but if he's got guys willing to brave the elements, it can surely work like that for him.